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Deadline approaching for Workshop: Photography and Knowledge. Joan Villaplana. Shanghai, 21-22 March, 2016

We continue our workshop program of IED-Madrid with Joan Villaplana, at the Central Studios in Shanghai, on March 21 and 22, 2016.


The more the new technologies get in our life, the more we relate with reality through images. Today, an important part of the knowledge we obtain comes from photographs. But, does Photography really provide knowledge through its visual language? What kind of reality does Photography create, or rather, recreate? Are we moving away from reality, or are the images our new reality?

As images are playing an ever more important role in our daily life, it seems an urgent matter to revisit, and to rethink existing relations between Photography and Knowledge.

This workshop proposes to discuss about existing relations between the photographer’s (artist’s) point of view and the reality of the spectator: What is the role of the photographic medium in this encounter between the image-maker and the observer?

During the first day, participants will learn about the abstract and controversial idea of “reality” and about how new technologies have managed to re-shape this concept, once and for all.

The second day will be used for a more profound immersion into the subject of reality and knowledge in photography. Using a wide selection of works from contemporary Western photographers as examples and embodiments, the workshop will update classical theories about photography and truth. New approaches towards a more suitable theory of photography aesthetics will be presented and discussed.



The workshop is addressed to both students and professionals in the field of photography: Photographers and artists in any field of photography or Publishing Sector. Graduates or students of Fine Arts, Audiovisual Communications, Publicity, Journalism, Art History, or Humanities who want to specialize in the theory and practice of Fine Art Photography.

The purpose of the workshop is to introduce assistants to the contemporary aesthetic concepts and their applicability in non-Western contexts.

Date: March 21 & 22, 2015.

Duration: 2 afternoons


Minimum Participants required in each workshop : 7

Maximum Participants: 30

Tuition fee: 500 RMB

To participate please write to:  a.pacifico@madrid.ied.es



Joan Villaplana Casaponsa (Manresa, Barcelona, 1976) works in photography and video.

Graduated from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona in Humanities, he teaches aesthetics and Fine Art Photography in the European Master of Fine Art Photography at IED (Madrid), Elisava and IDEP (Barcelona). Guest lecture at Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. His work has been exhibited in the China Pingyao International Festival of Photography, The Central European House of Photography (Bratislava), Lumen Foundation (Budapest), Fotofestiwal (Lódz), Kaunas Photo Festival and PhotoIreland.

Villaplana’s book Metropolis was a nominee for the best Photobook award in The New York Photo Festival, 2008.

He has also contributed in newspapers and magazines such as Le Monde Diplomatique, La Vanguardia, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Il Corriere della Sera, Prensa Libre, Surface, Etiqueta Negra and On Diseño.


Awards for Art Criticism. Deadline: October 15, 2015

The second annual international Awards for Art Criticism are open to candidates of any age from anywhere in the world, writing in Chinese or English about any contemporary art exhibition held between 20 September 2014 and 20 September 2015.

The International Awards of Art Criticism (IAAC) will be hosted by an International Board, adjudicated by and international jury and organised by the Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum (M21), in partnership with the Royal College of Art, London. The principal sponsor is the China Minsheng Banking Corporation Ltd (CMBC). The International Awards for Art Criticism aim to support independent critical coverage of contemporary art, away from the immediate pressures of the market, media and private patronage.they seek to stimulate good writing, critical thinking, dialogue and research, initially in the Chinese and English languages.

The objectivity of the selection process is underpinned, both by the recognised professionalism of the Chinese and English-speaking jury members and by the strict anonymity of the judging process. The Awards will be hosted by an International Board adjudicated by international jury members, including Dr.Marek Bartelik , Catherine David, Dieter von Graffenried , Li Pi and Lee Yongwoo .

The First Prize will consist of a cash award of 6,000 euro and a short-term residency in Shanghai. The two Second Prizes – one each, for an essay in Chinese or English – will each consist of a cash award of 2,000 euro.

Find more information about application and selection here.